Gmo Lab Report Essay

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Introduction During the course of this lab, we explored whether or not certain processed foods contained Genetically Modified Organisms. Genetically modified food is an important subject in the world today. Ever since Flavr Savr came out with their tomatoes grown from genetically modified seeds in 1994 genetically modified foods has become ever more popular amongst distributors of produce (Mestel, 2013). The world’s population has grown by around one billion in the last decade (US Bureau of the Census). At this rate, Genetically Modified Organisms within food products will increase dramatically, but is this for the best? There are many risk factors that have been brought up with genetically modified foods such as potential increase of …show more content…
1) and that same afternoon (Fig. 2). There seemed to be very little signs, if any, of Genetically Modified Organisms within the cornbread mixture.

TABLE 1. PCR Tube Contents:

Tube Number | Master Mix | DNA | 1 | 20 l Plant MM (green) | 20 l Non- GMO food control DNA | 2 | 20 l GMO MM (red) | 20 l Non- GMO food control DNA | 3 | 20 l Plant MM (green) | 20 l test food DNA | 4 | 20 l GMO MM (red) | 20 l test food DNA | 5 | 20 l Plant MM (green) | 20 l GMO positive control DNA | 6 | 20 l GMO MM (red) | 20 l GMO positive control DNA |

FIGURE 1. GMO Morning (AM) Agarose Gel Electrophoresis results

FIGURE 2. GMO Evening (PM) Agarose Gel Electrophoresis results

Discussion: The purpose of this experiment was to determine whether or not a sample of an off-brand cornbread mix had contained Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). As a result, we determined that there were no GMO traces located in the cornbread mix. This could be due to mistakes that may have been made during the procedure such as poor measuring or mixing, misreading results, or the cornbread mix really was not made with genetically modified foods. These results disprove our hypothesis, which stated that we believed there would be GMO traces found within the cornbread mix. It was disappointing to see that we had a negative result while many of the other groups received bold lines on their arag gel indicating that their foods contained high amounts of GMO. I was glad to see

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